Presentations for Distribution to Others
- Stick with the fonts that come installed with
Windows; Fancy fonts that appear on your machine will cause problems if
everyone else doesn't have them.
- Avoid embedding sounds and videos: these will
not go from Mac to Windows gracefully, and you have to be very careful about
how you insert the files in order to get them to "travel"
properly. See the FAQ section for more information on this.
- Design the presentation on the lowest version
that you think might be in use. For example, if you want the presentation to
be able to be viewed by Mac users (who may not have upgraded to the latest
version), you will want to design your presentation in PowerPoint 4.0. If
you don't have PowerPoint 4, then you'll want to save your presentation in
the lowest format you think people will have. For cross-platform
distribution, 4.0 is still your safest bet; for Windows-only distribution,
save to PowerPoint 95. When you down-rev save, be prepared for some visual
changes in your file--the previous version may not support some of the
features you've put in, so be sure to check your file on several different
machines and versions BEFORE you distribute it!